Well it’s that time again…BACK TO SCHOOL! Life will be crazy over the next few weeks but I figured many of you could benefit from some tips to keep everyone in the household sane. This time I’m stepping away from just speech and language suggestions and offering some advice from what I’ve seen work when you get back into the routine.
EAT: Whether or not your kiddo has feeding difficulties or not, we all could benefit from ways to spice up our mealtimes. Most of you will start packing lunches again and there are some really creative and easy ways to make lunch enjoyable. Leave the boring brown paper bag at home :)
I found a post on Pinterest for 30 days of lunch boxes with no repeats. Your kiddos have nothing to complain about with this fun variety.
If your child has allergies or is on a special diet, Rock the Lunch box has an endless list of healthy and nutritious meals.
Have a child with sensory aversions or has a restrictive diet due to feeding problems? Email me at email@example.com or comment here for adaptive ways to reinvent the lunch box.
SLEEP: Hopefully you’ve learned by now that children love routines. They like to know what to expect and when to expect it. Children honestly perform better when they’re given a routine and structure. That might explain the chaos of the summer!
Use a daily picture schedule (for non-readers) or checklist (for readers) so that they know what’s happening throughout the day. This is especially helpful for kids with ASD. Believe it or not, checking off “bed-time” from the daily schedule is more fun for a kid than being told by their parents that they have to go to bed. It may be a control thing but let them have it ;) I love this good morning chart (another Pinterest find) and this good night chart.
PLAY: Even though we’re back to hitting the books, play is still so important for children. Don’t forget to fit in time for some good old-fashioned imaginative or pretend play. Reminder: you can play and learn at the same time! Are you working on letter identification with your 4-year-old? Hide ABC pieces in the child’s room and play hide-and-seek with the activity. Does your 5-year-old have sight words to learn? Practice them, put the card in the back of the truck and drive the truck to the garage. Not all learning needs to be done at the kitchen table. Besides, the kitchen table is already housing the dinner scraps and unopened mail ;)
If you have any specific questions on how to get your child back into the routine of school, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment here. Also look for a post on how to get Back to Therapy.